Trump Preparing to Circumvent Congress on Saudi, UAE Weapons Sales

May 24, 2019

Senate Democrats are warning the Trump administration is preparing to circumvent Congress to push through $7 billion worth of U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other administration officials are reportedly pressing Trump to declare a national emergency, which would bar Congress from halting the sale of precision-guided munitions and warplanes. The move follows public outcry over the massive civilian death toll from the Saudi-led war on Yemen, and last year’s murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Last month, Trump vetoed a congressional War Powers Resolution ordering the U.S. to halt most military support for the war in Yemen.

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